For a side table, book shelf, on top of a stack of artist books on your coffee table–the painterly figurative Woman in Yellow sculpture with her outstretched legs is compelling, emotive and provocative. Super accessible in size and form and a wonderful painted clay with resin. From the artist: "I am captivated by the human figure and the way a gesture can speak to us. A simple truth through simple forms, this is what inspires me to create sculptures."
Denise talks about how her inspiration is often about exposing ourselves, our true selves, whoever that is. And how much work it is to embrace that part of our nature.
"I have always lived what I felt, balancing on the rim of the bowl sort of speak, for which my art held me on and kept me from falling… By adding and taking away clay and mark making with my tools, personas emerge in a captured moment. I focus on minimal details to portray the story the figure has. The emotional weight of each piece is expressed thru that gesture. I am compelled to find the single gesture that captures the essential meaning of that figure’s story. This speaks to me on multiple levels." ~ Denise Carletta
- Materials – Clay, acrylic paint, acrylic resin
- Size – 10-½ L x 4-¼ H x 3-¼ w
Sculptures are a method of pinch pottery… no tools, Denise uses her fingers and pinches the clay while she adds volume. At a certain point when the volume feels right she starts using her tools to move the clay. Some pieces with more complicated head and other body positions have internal armature that she makes from wire. This clay does not get fired in a kiln. The finishing includes painting, brushing acrylic resin and in some pieces, adding cold wax for a matte effect.
This item gets carefully packed and will ship within 5 business days or sooner. Price includes insurance.
Meet the Artist
Denise Carletta has been a fine artist for decades and she would likely say that it's always been a part of her. Her experience "seeing" was so informed by her early studies that she has continuously built on the same theme across various mediums, mostly painting and sculpture. She is inspired by the masters of Greek sculpture–obsessed with the remnants, a broken arm, a missing head… and still there is a gesture telling us a story. Marino Marini is her other idol. His figures on horses make her smile with their simple gesture of the figure's head sky high in the air expressing an emotion we all know. She says, “My creative process is so personal… how can it not be an expression of one’s life journey? A balancing on the rim with my art keeping my balance.”
Learn more about Denise Carletta in our Conversations with an Artist series.